The Skagit Valley Herald reports that the prosecutors in the Williams case have added the charge of first-degree manslaughter by domestic violence to the existing charges of homicide by abuse for Hana and first-degree child assault for their younger adopted son. They also quote the charging documents as saying, “offense was part of an ongoing pattern of psychological, physical, or sexual abuse of a victim or multiple victims manifested by multiple incidents over a prolonged period of time.”
This new charge is most likely a back up in case they cannot use the charge of homicide by abuse which is only applicable to victims under 16. Since Hana’s age is not known, they cannot prove it in court at this time. There is a hearing scheduled for mid-December to decide if her body will be exhumed in order to determine her actual age.
This article is also posted in The Seattle Times with a few minor changes.